Unsafe Plants That Make Dogs Sick


Plants That Make Dogs Sick

My garden could have killed my pets!


The weather has gotten warmer and you’re probably ready to ‘beautify’ your lawn. There are so many COMMON plants and flowers that you should avoid planting and if they’re already in your yard, you should make sure that your dogs cannot reach them. You never know when one might want to have a taste.


When I moved to my last home and then had a pool installed, the next thing to do was to make sure that all of the dogs (6)  would be safe around the water.

After that, the next task was to cover all of the dirt by brightening and decorating with foliage, flowers, and plants. I had no idea that I was putting my dogs in more danger, with flowers, plants, and vegetables.

I knew of a few bushes and shrubs that were poisonous and some foods. I was unaware of other common flowers and plants that were toxic. All kinds of tropical plants, foliage and flowers and were installed all around the pool. I had no idea that DEADLY toxic plants were being planted and some already existed.

Vegetables were installed on the deck, not knowing that our tomatoes were so dangerous. (The upside-down planters are the worst for dogs to be around. The tomatoes fell off all summer.) I did know about the toxicity of garlic and onions and didn’t plant them

I was so naive, though. Due to my lack of awareness and research, I could have made my dogs very sick and perhaps have helped to kill them. Some of the plants and flowers listed below were in the ground for years and I was very lucky that none of the dogs chewed, bit and/or swallow any of them.

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Having moved this year, I knew about some of the deadly plants along with a few flowers and vegetables but had no idea of the number of different flowers, plants, shrubs, and vegetables that existing at my previous home. I truly was an extremely lucky pet owner.

I had been so careful and responsible with pool and water safety but could have done so much harm, if any of my papillons had gotten as curious as my last addition who wanted to taste some of the gorgeous flowers and plants.

Lilies lined my previous driveway and Calli lillies had been placed along the front sidewalk and in sections around the pool.

My dogs had never touched the oleander, at my previous home and it was there for years. Forgetting that I had added (2) more Papillons, I installed it at my new home.

I never had a dog that liked to pick flowers but after the 2nd flower showed up inside my new house, I quickly started to do research beginning with the flowers that currently existed in my yard and was very surprised at the more common plants/flowers/shrubs that were so dangerous.

The oleander was pulled up and replaced with pet-friendly plants. All of my lilies had to be changed out next. Unfortunately, there are so many kinds, names, colors, and shapes of lilies. You can’t change the toxicity of each one and/or how it will affect your dog.

Toxic Plants, Flowers, and Vegetables

This is a list of only some of the more popular items planted in our area. For a complete list contact the ASPCA.

Here’s the ASPCA Emergency Contact # 888-426-4435



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Bad Plants for Dogs

Here is a list of some of the more common poisonous plants, flowers, and vegetables. I’ll highlight all of the ones that were in my yard, previously. I was a very lucky pet owner.

These plants have been reported to cause mild to severe gastrointestinal problems. Depending on the abundance that is ingested more severe problems, including death, have also been noted by veterinarians.

plants that make dogs sick

Almonds, Aloe, Amarillis, Apple, Apricot, Asparagus, Avocado, Azalea, Begonia, Bird of Paradise, Box Thorn, Caladium, Cherry, Chocolate, Clematis, Crocus, Daffodil, Dahlia, Diefenbachia, Eggplant, Ferns, Foxglove, Garlic, Gladiolas, Grapes, Hemlock, Holly, Honeysuckle, Hyacinth, Hydrangea, Ivy, Jasmine, Jonquil, Lantana, Lily, Lily-of-the-Valley, Macadamia Nut, Mandevilla, Marigold, Marijuanna, Mistletoe, Morning Glory, Mum, Mother In-Laws Tongue, Mountain Laurel, Mushrooms, Nutmeg, Oleander, Onion, Pear, Peony, Periwinkle, Philodendron, Plum, Poinsettia, Poison Ivy, Poison Oak, Pokeweed, Poppy, Potato, Raisins, Red Sage, Rhododendrum, Rhubarb, Tulip, Tomato, Vinca, Watermelon Plant, Wisteria ….(Some toxins come from the leaf, stem, root, bulb, flower, berry or all parts of the plant.)

If you think that your dog has ingested a poisonous plant or any substance, contact your veterinarian or this 24-hour emergency poison hotline provided by the ASPCA 1-888-426-4435.

For a complete list of poisonous plants contact the ASPCA.


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